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    EF 50mm f1.8 AKA nifty fifty.

    Well lets get this section started off with a lens most of us either have, want or at the very least, know about!

    I purchased my mk II version a few months back. A compact little lens with a 52mm thead. The main thing about this prime lens for me is being able to get f1.8 for under 80. Bargain, in anyones eyes! At this kind of price, it almost disposable (not a suggestion!).

    In my limited experience I can only generalise about what I know, but I have been happy with it throughout the aperture range. The AF has been quick (I have not used it on MF as it is a bit fiddly on this lens).

    The crop factor on APS-C sensors makes this an ideal portrait lens especially for those starting out and who cant afford the f1.4 or L series big brothers.

    So I am sure there are loads of users out there who have experience with this little lens, but in my humple opinion - for the money and even a little more, there is not a better lens out there!

    Rob

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    They fall to bits, the build quality is naff, they leak like a Dutch battleship, and other photographers think you are poor. But it's sharper than a Samurai sword, and the bokeh is amazing. Would never do without it. If Canon stop making it I will switch to Kodak in protest.

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      It's nice and light too, so makes a good lens for walkers. I also found that it works very well with extenders for close-up work. A most under rated lens.
      Dave

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        I have a mark 1 that I managed to pick up at the right price and it is fantastic. One lens that I will never part with.
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          Yep, there was a time when we all had this 'cheap and fast' primes. When I got my first camera - a Canon F1 in 1973 - the kit of choice was a 28mm f2.8, a 50mm f1.8 and a 135 f2.8. Zooms were esoteric and until about 1985, just weren't up to it. The kit you carried was a lot lighter and optically very good (and camera bodies were only replaced every 7-10 years!).
          www.garywhite-photography.com
          Gary White, MPhil
          Travel Photographer

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            other photographers think you are poor
            Well. maybe not quite but finding it difficult to justify high expenditure for a hobby. This little lens may have its limitations but at last I can sometimes produce properly sharp pics with great contrast and colour!

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              Originally posted by carregwen View Post
              and other photographers think you are poor.
              They'd be right in my case!

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                50mm f1.8 were and still are very versatile lenses and should be at the heart of all systems
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                Gary White, MPhil
                Travel Photographer

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                  Originally posted by sinisterpictures View Post
                  They'd be right in my case!
                  I thought it was just me!

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                    Originally posted by Rob.Richards View Post
                    The crop factor on APS-C sensors makes this an ideal portrait lens especially for those starting out and who cant afford the f1.4 or L series big brothers.
                    Rob
                    Rob, this is a cracking lens and very useful -- you're spot on. But be careful with portrait work.

                    While it seems to be a longer lens due to the crop factor it does of course retain the characteristics of the 50mm due to its physical construction. This means it will slightly distort features if used too close -- farther away than some might think. But for shots from the waist up it's very useful.

                    Regards,

                    Sam
                    The Image Plane
                    Snapshots of Anything

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                      Dropped my first went broke to bits - but got a replacement same day as I wanted it that much - amazing bit of kit for the money.

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                        Dropped my first went broke to bits
                        If you are prone to dropping your lenses, then it's probably best to stick to cheap lenses.

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                          The 85mm (or equivalent) remians one of the classic '35mm' prime lenses. I have had one with every camera system I am have owned. The current EF 85mm f.18 is classic lens that I have taken some of my best shots on - film or digital. I also like the EF 100mm f2.0. Gary
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                          Gary White, MPhil
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                            Don't question the quality and versatility of the 85mm or 100mm lenses (I don't possess either but have a 17 - 85 zoom), but the 50mm suits for shooting in tight spaces - which probably describes the average room in the average home. At 85mm I find I am generally well backed up against a far wall! Peter.

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                              As well as reviews of the lens maybe folks could post a few of their favorites captured with it

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